UVB light

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by The Oscar dude, May 17, 2018.

  1. The Oscar dude

    The Oscar dude New Member

    can I use uvb dome light over mesh cage been told it will stop some of the uvb
  2. nightanole

    nightanole Chameleon Enthusiast

    UVB dome light = mega ray or CFL

    Both are not good for chameleons. The mega ray is too high of output. The CFL puts very little uvb out by the time its 6" away from the bulb.

    The bulbs least affected by cage mesh are the T5HO's. However even with T8's losing 33-50% of the output, keepers have been doing fine for decades with 10.0/12% and even 5.0/6%.

    If you are still shopping, id check out the 5.0/6% T5HO bulbs, they cost a bit more at first, but that evens out when you dont have to replace them as often. If you use me for example, T8 5.0 needed replaced as early as 6 months, however the 3 6% arcadia T5HO bulbs, i only had to replace once during the 6 year life of the chameleon. So i am getting around 3 years out of each bulb before they drop below recommended output levels.
  3. The Oscar dude

    The Oscar dude New Member

    Thanks will investigate my lighting just got a Arcadia controller and Repti sun t 8 15 Watts and have been told to put inside the mesh
  4. Graves923

    Graves923 Avid Member

    It will be fine on top of the mesh.

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